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Soviet Karelian artist Georgy Stronk 1910-2005

Self-portrait. Soviet Karelian artist Georgy Stronk 1910-2005

Self-portrait. Soviet Karelian artist Georgy Stronk (October 10, 1910 – December 6, 2005)

Soviet Karelian artist Georgy Stronk (October 10, 1910 – December 6, 2005) – Member of the USSR Union of Artists, Honored Artist of the Karelian-Finnish SSR (1947), People’s Artist of the Karelian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (1970), laureate of the State Prize of the Karelian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (1981). He got the state prize for a series of portraits of the “Old Bolsheviks of Karelia”, as well as for his illustrations and easel drawings to the epic “Kalevala”. In 1940-53 and 1982-85 he was a chairman of the Union of Artists of Karelia.
Georgy was born October 10, 1910 in Poland. After moving to Ukraine, he worked as a worker, and in particular, as a tinsmith at a shipyard in Nikolayev. In 1932 he graduated from Nikolaev art college. And in the 1932-38 he studied at the Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, workshop of Brodsky (diploma painting – “Pushkin after the duel”). While on vacation, he took part in folklore and ethnographic expeditions to Karelia (1937).
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Soviet Turkmen artist Izzat Klychev 1923-2006

Soviet Turkmen artist Izzat Klychev (October 10, 1923 - January 12, 2006). A new era (in April 1917). Oil. 1975

Soviet Turkmen artist Izzat Klychev (October 10, 1923 – January 12, 2006). A new era (in April 1917). Oil. 1975

Soviet Turkmen artist Izzat Klychev (October 10, 1923 – January 12, 2006) – People’s Artist of the Turkmen SSR (1964), Corresponding Member of the USSR Academy of Arts (1970), People’s Artist of the USSR (1973), Hero of Socialist Labor (1983), laureate of the State Prize of the Turkmen SSR (1985), Member of the USSR Academy of Arts (1988), Foreign honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts.
Klychev was born October 10, 1923 in the Turkmen village Yalkym. Since 1938 he studied at a boarding school of the Ashgabat Art School. In 1940-42 he studied at the Ashgabat Art School (teacher Y.P. Daneshvar). In 1942, as a volunteer went to the front; participated in the liberation of Kharkov, and met Victory Day in Berlin.
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Soviet Era Monumental Fountain Golden Sheaf

Soviet Era Monumental Fountain Golden Sheaf

Soviet Era Monumental Fountain Golden Sheaf

Soviet Era Monumental Fountain Golden Sheaf
Golden Sheaf monumental Fountain, also known as “Friendship of Peoples of the USSR” was created by the architect-artist KT Topuridze, engineer VI Klyavin and teams of sculptors Z. Bazhenova, AI Tenet, IM Chaikov, ZV Ryleyeva and VP Gavrilov. It was opened in 1954. The initial project was called The Main Fountain, but in project documentation of 1953-1954 was also called “Golden Sheaf”. And finally, since 1954, it’s official name has become “Friendship of Peoples”, however, some sources sometimes use the name “Friendship of Peoples of the USSR.” The Golden Sheaf Fountain, first of all, fascinates with its size and outright luxury. Pool of fountain – an elongated octagon with internal dimensions for the major axis of 81 m and a minor axis – 56 m. By the way, to completely bypass the octagonal fountain, one will have to pass 170 meters and an area of 3.5 thousand square meters.
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Soviet artist Anatoly Nikich-Krilichevsky

Still life with yellow flowers. 1957. Painting by Soviet artist Anatoly Nikich-Krilichevsky (1918-1994)

Still life with yellow flowers. 1957. Painting by Soviet artist Anatoly Nikich-Krilichevsky (1918-1994)

Soviet artist Anatoly Nikich-Krilichevsky (1918-1994) was a member of the USSR Union of Artists, Moscow Union of artists, and an Honored Artist of Russia. He studied in the Moscow Institute of Fine Arts, where his teachers were such prominent Soviet painters, as Boris Ioganson and Alexander Osmyorkin. He graduated from Moscow State Art Institute of Surikov in 1942. Like many artists of the time, he participated in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. Anatoly Nikich-Krilichevsky lived and worked in Moscow. His works are in the Tretyakov Gallery and the regional museums of Russia and former Soviet Union.
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Soviet Ukrainian painter Victor Puzyrkov

Stalin on the Cruiser. Soviet Ukrainian painter Victor Puzyrkov (4 October 1918 — 30 October 1999)

Stalin on the Cruiser ‘Molotov’. Soviet Ukrainian painter Victor Puzyrkov (4 October 1918 — 30 October 1999)

Soviet Ukrainian painter Victor Puzyrkov (4 October 1918 — 30 October 1999) – Member of the USSR Union of Artists (1948), People’s Artist of the USSR (1963), the winner of two Stalin Prizes of third degree (1948, 1950), winner of the USSR State Prize, member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union since 1954, the veteran of Great Patriotic War. The artist was born October 4, 1918 in Yekaterinoslav, now Dnepropetrovsk. He graduated from the Dnepropetrovsk Art College. Then he moved to Kiev and entered the Ukrainian (now the Kiev State) Art Institute (1938-1941). In 1946 he graduated from the Kiev State Institute of Arts. His teachers were K. Yeleva, F. Krichevsky, S. Gerasimov, and A. Shovkunenko. Since 1948, he worked as a lecturer, since 1957 – Professor of Kiev State Art Institute. Since 1947 participated in the republic, All Union and International art exhibitions. He became the winner of two Stalin Prizes for his paintings “Black Sea warrior” (1947), and “Stalin on the cruiser “Molotov”. For the paintings “Soldiers” and “In the dugout” he became the winner of the USSR State Prize of Taras Shevchenko (1976). Puzyrkov created mainly paintings on a naval theme. Among his paintings: “Fishing season” (1976), “They Fought for Their Country” (1977), “Surf”, “After the storm”, “Courageous” and others.
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Soviet Russian artist Mikhail Likhachev

The day off. 1957. Painting by Soviet Russian artist Mikhail Likhachev

The day off. 1957. Painting by Soviet Russian artist Mikhail Likhachev (1919 – 1997)

Soviet Russian artist Mikhail Likhachev – veteran of the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945), member of the USSR Union of Artists (1949) and People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1981). The artist worked mainly on thematic relevance genre paintings. Among his major paintings are such works as “Ours have come” (1948) “Toast to the labor heroine” (1949), “Beetroot collectors” (1959), and “Disturbing the 1920s” (1967). In addition, Mikhail is the author of portraits of actor A.P. Chernov (1947), artist N.K. Bykov (1960), actor R.A. Manukovskaya (1962), writer I.V. Sidelnikov (1979), and others. Mikhail Likhachev has participated in Republican and All-Union exhibitions since 1948. He received the diploma of I-st ​​degree in the field of Arts from Committee of the RSFSR Council of Ministers, for the painting “On the native open expanses” (1952). Soviet Russian artist Mikhail Likhachev died February 13, 1997 in Voronezh. His paintings are in the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Voronezh Regional Art Museum, and in private collections. Besides, many works of the master are in the United States.
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Soviet graphic artist David Borovsky 1926–2004

Maestro Yuri Temirkanov. Soviet graphic artist David Borovsky (1926–2004)

Maestro Yuri Temirkanov. Soviet graphic artist David Borovsky (1926–2004)

Soviet graphic artist David Borovsky (1926–2004) was born 12 August 1926 in Moscow, the USSR. In 1943, David Borisovich Borovsky entered the State Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture of Ilya Repin of the USSR Art Academy. But three months later he had to leave the institute for front. It was the Great Patriotic war (1941-1945). After the end of the war, Borovsky came back to the institute, the graphics faculty. His teachers were L.I. Rudakov and V.M. Konashevich. In 1952 he graduated from the institute, diploma work – design and illustrations for the book of Maxim Gorky “The Life of Matvei Kozhemyakin”. Borovsky Illustrated books for Goslitizdat, Detgiz, and the publishing house “Art”. And he became known after he had illustrated the novel “Torrents of Spring” by Ivan Turgenev. Soviet graphic artist David Borovsky – participant of All Union and International exhibitions of Soviet art in Poland, German Democratic Republic (GDR), Czechoslovakia, and Bulgaria.
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